With Signals, Indicators, Recorders, Meters Or Changeable Exhibitors Patents (Class 239/71)
  • Patent number: 10980170
    Abstract: A mobile agricultural application machine includes a controllable valve and nozzle through which a substance is applied to an agricultural field. The controllable valve is a piezo-actuated valve. An application control system generates valve control signals to control a piezo actuator on the piezo-actuated valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: David S. Mercer, Richard A. Humpal
  • Patent number: 10921828
    Abstract: In order to prevent leakage, a fluid control apparatus is adapted to include: a valve provided in the flow path through which the fluid flows; a pressure sensor provided upstream of the valve; a flow rate sensor provided downstream of the pressure sensor; a reference pressure determination part that is inputted with a measured flow rate from the flow rate sensor and on the basis of a flow rate-pressure map, determines a reference pressure corresponding to the measured flow rate; a reference flow rate calculation part that calculates a reference flow rate so that the deviation between the reference pressure and a measured pressure measured by the pressure sensor decreases; and a valve control part that controls the opening of the valve so that the deviation between the reference flow rate and the measured flow rate decreases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignees: HORIBA, Ltd., HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshitake Ando, Kotaro Takijiri, Yuki Tanaka, Yusuke Kanamaru, Emiko Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 10705545
    Abstract: A fluid control device is adapted to include: a valve provided in a flow path through which a fluid flows; a pressure sensor provided upstream of the valve; a flow rate sensor provided on downstream of the pressure sensor; a set flow rate generator that outputs a set flow rate corresponding to the measured pressure on the basis of a pressure-flow rate map; a valve control part that controls the opening level of the valve so that the deviation between the set flow rate and a measured flow rate decreases; and the set flow rate generator that outputs the set flow rate corresponding to the measured pressure to the valve control part. In addition, the set flow rate generator is adapted to control the set flow rate so that the measured pressure has a value up to a limit pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HORIBA STEC, Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kotaro Takijiri, Yusuke Kanamaru, Emiko Nakagawa, Yuki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10550555
    Abstract: A touch free faucet for providing a convenient and hygienic means of washing hands and/or performing other tasks associated with faucets can include a logic processor, a sensor that can generate signals in response to detecting an activation motion within a sensor zone, and a microphone that can detect sound signals arising from a voice command by a user. The logic processor can receive the generated signals from the sensor and/or the detected sound signals from the microphone and control operation of the touch free faucet based on such signals. Additionally, the touch free faucet can include a wireless receiver that can receive digital instructions from a networked computing device and communicate the received digital instructions to the logic processor in order to control operation of the touch free faucet. The touch free faucet can include two microphones that can be utilized to filter out water sounds from voice commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Chung-Chia Chen
  • Patent number: 10456795
    Abstract: An adjustment device includes: an adjustment sheet; a spray pipe positioning unit, including spray pipe positioning holes and two spray pipe positioning bolts; and a nozzle positioning unit, including a nozzle positioning hole disposed at the center of the adjustment sheet and an angle fixing portion homocentrically disposed on a periphery of the nozzle positioning hole. The angle fixing portion is a rotating disc structure capable of homocentrically rotating relative to the adjustment sheet. Angle auxiliary scales are disposed on an edge of the angle fixing portion and the adjustment sheet at corresponding positions. Two symmetrical angle positioning holes and two symmetrical angle positioning bolts are further disposed on the angle fixing portion. When the angle positioning bolts are inserted into the angle positioning holes and are forced tight, an angle of the angle positioning portion relative to the adjustment sheet is fixed at a preset angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventor: Chun-Bin Wen
  • Patent number: 10420448
    Abstract: A robot cleaner comprising: a cleaner body including a wheel unit and a controller controlling driving of the wheel unit a suction unit disposed in the cleaner body, the suction unit sucking air containing dust and a sensing unit disposed at the front of the cleaner body in which the suction unit is disposed, wherein the sensing unit includes a first sensing part disposed respectively inclined with respect to side and top surfaces at an upper corner portion of the cleaner body to simultaneously photograph front and upper parts of the cleaner body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Inventors: Bohyun Nam, Inbo Shim, Jihoon Sung, Sojin Park, Seunghyun Song, Sangkyu Lee, Woochan Jun
  • Patent number: 9923418
    Abstract: A process control apparatus for the control of an industrial process is disclosed herein. The process control apparatus may include a power supply that supplies electrical power, and a single source disposed about an industrial process, the source in electrical communication with the power supply to receive electrical power therefrom. The source converts the electrical power into a wireless power signal. A number of receivers may be disposed about the industrial process, each receiver adapted to receive the power signal wirelessly, convert the power signal into electrical power, and communicate the electrical power onto a field device. The power signal may include an oscillating magnetic field M or electromagnetic waves that may be generally in the ultra-high frequency (UHF) range. Related methods of process control of an industrial process are also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Inventor: Henry William Boger
  • Patent number: 9625915
    Abstract: A control system comprises a central controller adapted to receive user input and commands, and in communication with a plurality of remote sensors adapted to detect various vehicular parameters: water pressure, water level, water flow rate, engine speed, pump speed, etc., and firefighter parameters: air tank level, air flow rate, body temperature, respiration rate, O2 saturation level, ambient temperature, and presence of hazardous chemicals and radiation. The system further comprises a plurality of remote actuators adapted to receive commands from the central controller and automatically carry out an operation in response to the received command. A wireless communication subsystem is adapted to receive and transmit sensed parameters from the plurality of remote sensors to the central controller, and transmit user input and commands from the central controller to the plurality of remote actuators. A central display screen is adapted to present sensed parameters and warnings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: ROM Acquisition Corporation
    Inventors: John E. McLoughlin, Neocles G. Athanasiades, Kiam Meng Toh
  • Patent number: 9573608
    Abstract: A torch cart includes a base for supporting first and second storage tanks, a wall provided between the tanks for separating the tanks, a container for housing a torch, a pair of holsters for holding a pair of fire extinguishers, and a hands-free striker mounted to the cart for igniting the torch. The hands-free striker has a tip and a friction pad for passing a torch tip over and igniting the torch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Balt Designs, LLC
    Inventor: Billy L. Glass
  • Patent number: 9476786
    Abstract: A pressure sensor unit to be attached to an air inlet port of an air tool, comprising a valve portion configured to shut off an air supply from an air passage through an induction pipe insertion portion when an air induction pipe of the air tool is not inserted in the induction pipe inserting portion, and configured to open the air supply from the air passage into the air induction pipe by the valve portion being pushed by the air induction pipe when the air induction pipe is inserted into the induction pipe inserting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventor: Takayuki Hata
  • Patent number: 9062777
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a chemical sprayer that includes a sprayer head assembly and a container. The container defines a cavity for storing a chemical to be sprayed. The sprayer head assembly includes a chemical passage, a carrier fluid passage, a vent passage, a valve chamber and a valve. The chemical passage is communication with the cavity. The carrier fluid passage is in communication with a carrier fluid source. Both the carrier fluid and chemical passages are in communication with the valve chamber. The valve is moveably positioned within the valve chamber and defines at least partially a first passage and a second passage. The first passage is configured so as to be in communication with the chemical passage when the valve is in an open position. The second passage is configured so as to be in communication with the carrier fluid passage when the valve is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Calmar, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald Shanklin, Ronald F. Englhard
  • Publication number: 20150129679
    Abstract: A fluid injector includes a housing and an inlet tube having a portion received in the housing. A primary seal creates a seal between surfaces of the housing, the inlet tube, and an inlet of the injector. A groove is in the housing and a secondary seal is in the groove to defining a seal between the housing and a portion of the inlet of the injector. A recessed portion is defined in the housing and is in communication with the groove. The recessed portion defines a blow-out volume such that when the primary seal is leak tested, an indication of a leak of the primary seal can be detected when the pressurized air moves past the primary seal and forces a portion of the secondary seal to an unsealed position into the blow-out volume.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Robert W. McFarland
  • Patent number: 9022305
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a mechanized irrigation system that includes an electronic controller equipped with a telemetry means configured to read wireless tire pressure monitors and transmit this information up to 2900 feet from the tires being monitored. Based on the ability to remotely monitor the tire pressure of a mechanized irrigation system, the operator can remotely determine when tire pressures are low and take the necessary corrective action to avoid costly down-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Valmont Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Craig S. Malsam
  • Publication number: 20150115059
    Abstract: A technique for correcting injector characteristics is provided. In particular, a micro control unit is configured to generate a control pulse for controlling the operation of an injector; and a driving semiconductor is configured to detect and calculate a driving characteristic of the injector and compensating for injection timing of the control pulse in accordance with a deviation in injection timing of the injector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Choong Seob Park, Hyung Ju Lee, Hak Mo Yoo, Ji Haeng Lee, Doo Jin Jang, Kang Hee Cho, Si Kwang Lee
  • Publication number: 20150108244
    Abstract: An apparatus for cleaning a surface includes a liquid delivery system for storing cleaning liquid and delivering the cleaning liquid to the surface to be cleaned, and an indicator system that is operably coupled with the liquid delivery system to indicate an operational status to the user operating the apparatus. The indicator system can include a light emitter that illuminates when an operational status is detected. The light emitter can illuminate the container storing cleaning liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Jason W. Pruiett, David M. Miller, Joseph M. White, Mitchell DeJonge, Michael N. Supplee
  • Publication number: 20150108238
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for monitoring an opening of an injection valve. The injection valve includes a valve body with a cavity having a fluid outlet portion, a valve needle movable in the cavity between a closing position preventing fluid flow outlet and other positions allowing fluid flow through the outlet, and an actuator unit for actuating the valve needle. The method includes actuating the actuator unit with a predetermined voltage signal, recording a time-dependent profile of a current through the actuator unit, detecting a first gradient alteration time where the gradient of the recorded current profile changes more than a first threshold, detecting a second gradient alteration time where the gradient of the recorded current profile changes more than a second threshold, and based on the first and second gradient alteration times determining a diagnostic value usable for compensating a long-term drift of the injection valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventor: Mauro Grandi
  • Publication number: 20150102124
    Abstract: A nozzle replaceable atomizer with automatic abnormality detecting function is provided. In the atomizer, when a detachable spray head is assembled to a main machine, a microcomputer serves to automatically set a piezoelectric element at an optimal operating frequency. When working at the optimal operating frequency that allows resonance, the piezoelectric element has the least impedance and the current/voltage phase difference of zero. During the operation of the atomizer, once the current/voltage phase-comparing circuit notices that the current/voltage phase difference is not zero or not close to zero, the microcomputer triggers a frequency-tracing prompter to inform a user that a frequency-tracing switch has to be operated to redefine the operating frequency of the piezoelectric element. If repeated adjustments have been done as failure and the frequency-tracing prompter keeps giving prompts, the user can be sure that the spray head needs to be maintained or replaced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Chin Chien Hu, Jih Wen Wang, Ting-Kuo Chen, Jey Jey Huang
  • Patent number: 9004004
    Abstract: Marking devices for dispensing a marking substance on the ground and marking methods are provided. The marking devices and marking methods use one or more detection mechanisms to detect one or more characteristics of the marking substance. In some embodiments, the detection mechanism may be, but is not limited to, an optical sensor, an olfactory sensor, a weight sensor, a switch device, and any combination thereof. The one or more detection mechanisms may provide, for example, the capability to: (1) determine the type of marking substance that is installed in the marking device; (2) determine in advance of or during a marking operation the amount of marking substance within the marking dispenser; and (3) determine when the marking dispenser is becoming empty.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: CertusView Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Nielsen, Jeffrey Farr, Curtis Chambers
  • Patent number: 8985480
    Abstract: A controller may drive a solenoid switch valve to switch the same between a first connecting state and a second connecting state in a state where an electric pump is stopped. In the first connecting state, the switch valve connects the pump to a rear washer nozzle. In the second connecting state, the switch valve connects the pump to a camera washer nozzle. The controller may also display a captured image of an onboard camera and a camera wash touch panel switch on a display when the controller receives a reverse mode signal. The controller may drive the pump to feed the washer fluid to the camera washer nozzle when the controller receives a command signal from the camera wash touch panel switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: ASMO Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Kikuta, Yukihiro Matsushita
  • Publication number: 20150053787
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for attaching a nozzle to a fluid dispensing system and a tip to the nozzle. In one illustrative example, the fluid dispensing system may be moved by a robotic device towards a nozzle retaining structure having nozzle retaining areas holding nozzles. A nozzle may be selected for use based on a nozzle identifier element corresponding to each of the nozzles. The robotic device may move the fluid dispensing system to the nozzle selected to attach the fluid dispensing system to the nozzle selected. Further, the fluid dispensing system may be moved by a robotic device towards a tip retaining structure having tip retaining areas holding tips. A tip may be selected for use based on a tip identifier element corresponding to each of the tips. The robotic device may move the fluid dispensing system to the tip selected to attach the nozzle to the tip selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Raul Tomuta, Martin Hanna Guirguis, Don David Trend, Richard Philip Topf, Angelica Davancens
  • Patent number: 8955765
    Abstract: An apparatus for treating an airspace with a volatile substance includes means for detecting the presence of a specific component in a volatile substance and means for controlling a volatile substance dispenser to dispense the volatile substance only if the volatile substance contains the specific component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Jose Porchia, Hermann Neumann
  • Publication number: 20150041555
    Abstract: Apparatus for use with an applicator, systems for dispensing fluids, methods of using a nozzle (52), and a nozzle (52). The nozzle (52) includes a communication device (60) having a memory (86). The memory (86) stores data relating to the operational history and configuration of the nozzle (52). In response to receiving a query signal (90) from an interrogation device (24), the communication device (60) transmits the data residing in the memory (86). The communication device (60) also receives and stores data in the query signal (90) to the memory (86) so that the operational history of the nozzle (52) is maintained in the memory (86) of the communication device (60).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Mani Ahmadi, Daniel W. Ashley, Erik A. Fiske
  • Patent number: 8944343
    Abstract: A liquid flow monitoring device for monitoring the supply of liquid to a spray nozzle including a deflectable check valve in a liquid supply passage to the spray nozzle, a light sensing device having a light emitter and a light receiver disposed on opposite sides of the check valve, the check valve being deflectable into at least partially obstructing relation to a light beam directed from the light emitter to the light receiver as an incident to liquid flow through the monitoring device to the spray nozzle, and a control system for receiving signals from the sensing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Spraying Systems Co.
    Inventors: James Cesak, Joshuah DeVoll
  • Publication number: 20150028122
    Abstract: An inerting system for a fire protection sprinkler system and method of inerting a fire protection sprinkler system to reduce the concentration of oxygen includes connecting an inert gas supply system with the piping network of the fire protection sprinkler system. The gas supply system includes a plurality of tank adapters, an automatic fill valve, an automatic vent valve and at least one pressure transducer. Each of the tank adapters is adapted to connect with a tank of inert gas and to selectively connect the tank of inert gas with said automatic fill valve. A control controls the gas supply system including operating the automatic fill valve and the automatic vent valve in order to increase the proportion of inert gas in the piping network. The control monitors the at least one pressure transducer to determine the pressure of gas at least in the tank connected with the automatic fill valve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Jeffrey T. Kochelek, Kenneth NMI Jones, Adam H. Hilton
  • Publication number: 20150014435
    Abstract: A transducer type liquid sprayer in that mist can be dispersed widely even when the liquid sprayer is dispersed in a relatively low position. The liquid sprayer contains a storage tank for storing spray liquid that can be easily replaced together with a core for soaking up the spray liquid from the storage tank. The liquid sprayer includes a spray liquid storage unit and a main body for supporting the spray liquid storage unit and a power supply unit. A spray hole is formed in the lid member and a transducer is also disposed inside the lid member and electrically connected to the power supply unit. The transducer is in contact with a front side of a tip end portion of the core with the front face of the transducer oriented forward and upward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Jerry Ping Hsin Chu, Christian Dinner, Shiang Aling Shiu Shu, Hiromi Akitsu
  • Patent number: 8931716
    Abstract: The invention refers to a spray pump device for spraying a liquid operated by a memory shape element. The spraying device is provided with a memory shape alloy wire with electrical resistivity, that is able to generate heat that increases its temperature so that due to memory shape property, the wire shrinks when current is applied. This shrinking permits the wire to activate a pump that atomizes a volatile substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Zobele Holding SpA
    Inventors: Stefano DeFlorian, Julio César Ruiz Ballesteros, Walter Sordo, Daniel Mosconi
  • Patent number: 8925832
    Abstract: The device for diffusing sprayed liquid in a reception zone includes a vessel suitable for containing a liquid for spraying and at least one diffuser of sprayed liquid that is arranged in the vessel. The diffuser includes in particular an ultrasound emitter. The cleaning method is such that during a stage of operation of the device in which the device is not diffusing liquid in the reception zone, the following steps are performed: heating a liquid in the vessel up to a predetermined temperature, preferably higher than 60° C., in particular lying in the range 65° C. to 80° C.; and draining the liquid from the vessel via a pipe of the device that is situated outside a circuit for diffusing sprayed liquid in the reception zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Areco Finances et Technologie—Arfitec
    Inventors: Michel Gschwind, Fabien Guerrin, Frederic Richard
  • Patent number: 8925831
    Abstract: The invention relates to a sanitary component, namely a stream regulator or stream former for flowing fluid media, consisting of property-defining components in a sandwich-like arrangement in the direction of flow which comprise at least one screen attachment, one diffuser plate assembly as well as a shell body having segments of stream-forming openings extending across its cross-sectional surface. The property-defining components are exchangeable and combinable so as to realize adaptability to different user and user requirements. A locking means is provided e.g. on the inner circumference of the shell body for this purpose as is a corresponding counter-locking means on the outer circumference of the diffuser plate assembly. The diffuser plate assembly exhibits, at least on its exterior, a flow rate class-specifying optical code and the shell body exhibits a stream type-specifying, namely laminar or aerated, optical code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: NEOPERL GmbH
    Inventor: Oliver Denzler
  • Publication number: 20150001310
    Abstract: A monitoring arrangement for a liquid ejection apparatus capable of ejecting liquid in a pattern on an interior surface of a tank, the monitoring arrangement comprising a sensor unit that generates a signal indicative of liquid coming into contact with the interior surface of the tank, and a processing unit configured to: receive the signal; retrieve a reference property that is indicative of liquid coming into contact with the interior surface; register, during a measuring period when the fluid nozzle ejects liquid, at least one current property of the signal; compare the current property with the reference property; and initiate, if the current property deviates from the reference property beyond a predetermined level, a message indicative of the deviation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Henrik Falster-Hansen, Karsten Schack Madsen, Claus Brandt
  • Publication number: 20140367483
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for analyzing, maintaining or adjusting the chemical and physical structure of a CO2 Composite Spray in real-time. A light beam is passed through a portion of the CO2 Composite Spray plume, following which the transmitted light is collected using a detector and analyzed using a computer processing device. Light absorption, reflection and/or florescence data are correlated with CO2 particle density and particle size, spray plume length, organic and inorganic spray additives, and water vapor content. The treatment spray geometry is used to optimize and control a CO2 Composite Spray in precision cleaning, machining, and cooling processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: David Jackson, Liviu Marian
  • Publication number: 20140346248
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a discharge apparatus for a plant protection product with a container (1), which has a container wall (8, 18, 19) and a discharge orifice (9), the container wall (8, 18, 19) enclosing an interior (7) for accommodating the plant protection product, and a pump (2, 6), which comprises a delivery unit (2) and a drive unit (6). The discharge apparatus according to the invention is characterized in that the delivery unit (2) is arranged in the interior (7) of the container (1) in such a way that plant protection product located in the container (1) can be delivered out of the container (1) through the discharge orifice (9) of the container (1) by means of the delivery unit (2), and the drive unit (6) is arranged outside the interior (7) of the container (1) and drives the delivery unit (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: BASF SE
    Inventors: Robert Huber, Karl-Heinz Koch, Harald Kröger, Heinz-Gerd Wegkamp, Christian-Andreas Winkler
  • Publication number: 20140339327
    Abstract: The invention described herein generally pertains to temperature-indicating foam gun nozzles and/or at least one temperature-indicating hose which employs at least one thermochromic material disposed within said foam gun nozzle and/or hoses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: FOMO PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Gantenbein, Thomas Fishback, Douglas Caffoe, Sara Jonas, John McQuaid
  • Publication number: 20140339323
    Abstract: An aerosol generation system (and method) comprises an aerosol generating device (1) for generating an aerosol output (2) and controller (12) for controlling the generating device (1) using a generator drive signal. An aerosol density detector (6,9) is used. A time delay measurement device (13) is adapted to derive a timing measurement based on the generator drive signal and the aerosol density detector output, wherein the timing measurement and the aerosol density are combined to derive an aerosol output rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Peter Henricus Cornelius Bentvelsen, Martinue Bernardus Van Der Mark, Hendrik Huijgen
  • Publication number: 20140339320
    Abstract: The invention described herein generally pertains to temperature-indicating foam gun nozzles and/or at least one temperature-indicating hose which employs at least one thermochromic material disposed within said foam gun nozzle and/or hoses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: FOMO PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Stefan Gantenbein, Thomas Fishback, Douglas Caffoe, Sara Jonas, John McQuaid
  • Patent number: 8876022
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a droplet discharge apparatus that includes a nozzle for discharging a droplet from a tip thereof, and a discharge unit for injecting a gas toward the tip of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Postech Academy—Industry Foundation
    Inventors: In-Tae Kim, Geunbae Lim, Seong-Wan Kim
  • Publication number: 20140312136
    Abstract: A portable volatile material dispenser includes a housing having a top wall and at least one side wall and an opening formed within the top wall of the housing. A volatile material actuator is disposed within the housing and a manifold is in fluid communication with and extends between the volatile material actuator and the opening to move volatile material in the form of a mist from the volatile material actuator, through the manifold, and out the opening. A container holding a fluid is disposed within the housing and in fluid communication with the volatile material actuator. An air flow generator disposed within the housing and positioned to create a flow of air out of the dispenser through the opening for moving the mist from the dispenser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Chris Kubicek, Scott D. Walter, Alexander S. Park, Sajid Patel, Steven V. Bisbikis
  • Publication number: 20140312141
    Abstract: A sprinkler head has an inlet to receive a fluid from a pipeline, and a nozzle to spray the received fluid. In one embodiment, a body that couples the inlet to the nozzle includes an electromechanical fluid flow control device via which to vary an amount of fluid pressure presented to the nozzle. In another embodiment, the nozzle includes an electromechanical aperture via which to vary a flow of the received fluid. An electromechanical wheel coupled to the nozzle rotates the nozzle in a direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Gurumurthi Ravishankar
  • Patent number: 8857731
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to volatile substance evaporators having a container with wick, and has the object of providing a technique for effectively detecting end-of-life of the volatile substance housed within the container. The volatile substance evaporator is configured for coupling to, and maintaining in a stable position, a container of volatile substance having a wick with a lower end housed within said container and an upper end emerging from the container. The evaporator comprises an infrared light emitter disposed so as to emit a beam of light on said upper end of the wick, in such a manner that a receptor is disposed so as to capture said beam of light reflected by the upper end of the wick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Zobele Espana, S.A.
    Inventors: Montserrat Riera Giner, Fernando Mayor Sans, Cédric Morhain, Ruben Garcia Fabrega
  • Patent number: 8857732
    Abstract: The invention relates to a spray gun comprising a gun body (1), a nozzle arrangement (9) arranged on said gun body (1), a compressed air supply channel (22, 23) which is arranged in the gun body (1) and which comprises a valve arrangement (17) for controlling the compressed air supply to the nozzle arrangement (9), a device (31, 33, 37, 42, 40) for controlling the compressed air supply, and a pressure measuring device (35) for recording and displaying the pressure in the compressed air channel (22). Said invention is characterized in that said pressure measuring device (35) is secured in a removable manner to the device (31, 33, 37, 42, 40) for controlling the compressed air supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Sata GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Jens Brose, Alexander Tschan
  • Patent number: 8844837
    Abstract: A fragrance vapor dispenser that includes synthetic wicks is disclosed. In an implementation, the fragrance vapor dispenser may comprise at least one synthetic wick. The synthetic wick may comprise an annular, longitudinal outer shell and an absorbent portion at least partially within the outer shell. The absorbent portion may also extend from a first longitudinal end to a second longitudinal end of the outer shell. The outer shell may also be more dense than the absorbent portion and sufficiently dense to vertically support the first longitudinal end above the second longitudinal end without additional support above the second longitudinal end. The synthetic wick may also comprise a color band that comprises a colorant absorbed through the outer shell and at least partially absorbed into the absorbent portion. In an implementation, the color band may comprise a width of at least ? inch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Brad Pesu
  • Publication number: 20140263706
    Abstract: An irrigation management system includes a water pump, at least one mobile irrigation system, and a pump controller. The mobile irrigation system includes a water pressure sensor for generating water pressure data indicating water pressure in the irrigation system. The pump controller is configured to receive the water pressure data generated by the water pressure sensor, to compare a target water pressure with the sensed water pressure data to determine a difference between the target water pressure and the sensed water pressure, and to adjust operation of the water pump to increase or decrease water pressure to the irrigation system in a manner that resolves the difference between the target water pressure and the sensed water pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Cory Wolgast
  • Publication number: 20140263708
    Abstract: This document discusses, among other things, apparatus and methods for a multi-section applicator having variable-rate sections. In an example, an apparatus can include a flow meter to provide a substance to plurality of sections, and an applicator controller including memory configured to store a coverage map of the substance. In certain examples, each section can include a metering device configured to receive a flow command and to provide a flow of the substance to a manifold using the flow command. In certain examples, the applicator controller can be configured to receive speed information and position information of the apparatus, to receive the flow rate information, to determine application rate information of the substance for each section using the speed and position information, and the coverage map, and to provide the flow command to each metering device using the application rate and flow rate information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Ravens Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Warren L. Thompson, Nick Michael, Josh Grabow, Steve S. Jensen, Patrick Hansen, Jared E. Kocer
  • Patent number: 8833672
    Abstract: An irrigation sprinkler is provided having a nozzle and a flow control device for reducing fluid flow through the sprinkler when the nozzle is removed, such as might occur due to vandalism. The flow control device is coupled to the nozzle and is moveable between a first irrigating position and a second signaling position. In the first position, the sprinkler discharges fluid for irrigation. In the second position, the sprinkler discharges a reduced amount of fluid and signals that the nozzle has been removed and should be replaced. The flow control device also allows sufficient fluid flow for flushing debris out of the sprinkler when a flush cap is mounted to the sprinkler, instead of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth J. Skripkar, Krishnadidya G. Arkalgud, Gregory S. Palumbo
  • Patent number: 8833477
    Abstract: A multifunctional portable fire extinguisher system comprising: a multifunctional portable fire extinguisher with a handgun configuration that sprays fire-extinguishing liquid stored therein through a spraying portion to the outside in accordance with the actuation of a trigger; and a multifunctional portable fire extinguisher case including a housing for housing the multifunctional portable fire extinguisher and a protective cover for protecting the multifunctional portable fire extinguisher housed in the housing. The housing of the multifunctional portable fire extinguisher case includes: a first sensor unit for detecting the temperature, gas, smoke, and power failure, and for generating first detection data; and a first short range wireless communication unit for performing short range wireless communication with the multifunctional portable fire extinguisher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Frunezone Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yun-Beom Kang
  • Patent number: 8827178
    Abstract: An irrigation sprinkler is for use in distributing water to an area of vegetation, and has a rotatable nozzle for dispersing the water by rotation of the nozzle. A magnet is coupled or connected to the nozzle and rotates synchronously with the rotation of the nozzle. A sensor unit is disposed adjacent to the nozzle and detects a magnetic field generated by the magnet during nozzle rotation to generate a signal indicative of the speed and direction of rotation of the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rain Bird Corporation
    Inventors: T. Lynn Roney, Steven Sharp
  • Publication number: 20140246512
    Abstract: A nozzle comprising a first light and a second light, wherein one of the lights is used to detect certain materials, such as bodily fluids, pet messes and stains and the like, while the other light is used for illuminating an area to be cleaned. The lights may be integrally incorporate into a nozzle or removably detachable therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Michael DeGeorge
  • Publication number: 20140246607
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating extreme ultra-violet (EUV) light for use in a lithography inspection tool, comprising a drive laser arranged to produce a laser pulse, a vacuum chamber, a set of focusing optics arranged to focus the laser pulse produced by the drive laser onto a target spot within the vacuum chamber with a beam target diameter of less than 100 ?m, a target material generator arranged to deliver an amount of a target material to the target spot within the vacuum chamber, and a set of collector optics arranged to focus a quantity of EUV light generated when the amount of the target material is exposed to the laser pulse at the target spot onto an intermediate focus spot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Bykanov, Oleg Khodykin, Daniel Christopher Wack
  • Publication number: 20140239082
    Abstract: A liquid delivery system includes an engine and a hydraulic circuit, which includes a hydraulic pump driven by the engine and a hydraulic motor driven by the hydraulic pump. A liquid pump is driven by the hydraulic motor and is configured to provide pressurized liquid along a liquid conduit. A variable orifice spray head is configured to receive the pressurized liquid from the liquid conduit and deliver the pressurized liquid through an opening of the variable orifice spray head. An actuation mechanism is configured to change a size of the opening of the variable orifice spray head responsive to command signals. An electronic control module has a spray head calibration algorithm executable thereon that identifies a correlation, which is stored in memory, between a variable orifice spray head command signal and a target variable orifice spray head opening size based on a hydraulic pressure along the hydraulic circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: David C. Freeman, Brian W. Mann, Balamurugesh Thirunavukarasu
  • Publication number: 20140231536
    Abstract: The device includes a drop dispenser orifice formed in a dispenser end, and a mechanism for visually locating the orifice, by forming a demarcation zone having a color that contrasts strongly with other portions of the dispenser end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventors: Xavier Julia, Gaetan Painchaud, Guillaume Grevin
  • Publication number: 20140203103
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems and methods for the safe operation of water blasting guns. The invention provides systems and methods for ensuring that a component of a water blasting gun can withstand the operating pressure of the gun. Aspects of the invention include a color-coding system for water blasting gun safety; tools for the proper assembly of a water blasting guns; gun components having a safety code; and computer systems for asset-tracking, job safety analysis, and instruction that promote the safe use of water blasting guns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventor: Rick Pitman